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Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-France aim for another Salvador spectacle against Swiss

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said he hoped his side could match the goalscoring exploits of previous visitors to Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena when Les Bleus take on Switzerland in their second World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Fans in Salvador have been spoilt with a whopping 10 goals in two matches so far, thanks to superb a 5-1 victory for the Netherlands over Spain and a German 4-0 rout of Portugal.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-France’s Pogba making headlines for right reasons

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ for his tentacle-like legs, a fiery combative style and his controversial exit from Manchester United have ensured talented France youngster Paul Pogba has created more than his share of headlines.

Pogba left Old Trafford under a cloud after a war of words with then United manager Alex Ferguson who accused the midfielder of a lack of respect when he left for Juventus in 2012 after not making the first team quickly enough.

Jun 18, 2014

Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbors Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

Jun 18, 2014

Preview – Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbours Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbours Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

Jun 16, 2014

Germany lay down marker as Mueller destroys Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a ruthless 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their World Cup opener on Monday, hammering home their credentials as serious title contenders in Brazil.

Billed as a clash of European heavyweights, the Germans ignored the soaring Salvador heat to deliver a sizzling attacking display against a disappointing Portugal, effectively ending the Group G game as a contest by halftime.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Germany lay down marker as Mueller destroys Portugal

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a ruthless 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their World Cup opener on Monday, hammering home their credentials as serious title contenders in Brazil.

Billed as a clash of European heavyweights, the Germans ignored the soaring Salvador heat to deliver a sizzling attacking display against a disappointing Portugal, effectively ending the Group G game as a contest by halftime.

Jun 16, 2014

Mueller fires German rout of Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

The Germans delivered a sizzling attacking display that underlined their tag as strong title contenders and the match, billed as a clash of European heavyweights, was over as a contest by halftime.

Jun 15, 2014

Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

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